Replace Kitchen Basin Tap in London
Updated on Wednesday 22nd July 2020
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So you have decided to give your kitchen a new look? If you need to replace a kitchen basin tap because it is leaking, worn out or simply outdated, our plumbers in London present the main steps that need to be followed:
1. Turn off the water supply
The first step in replacing a kitchen basin tap in London is to turn off the water supply by closing the leading water valve. It is located most of the times just before the water meter. Our local plumbers can explain in great details the entire procedure.
After this, open the taps and wait until there is no more water leaking from them.
Place a cloth under the pipes before loosening the water hoses or fittings, because some water might still come out.
Before you begin to work, if there are any shut-off valves in the pipes which lead to the tap, shut them off.
2. Set the connections loose
There are two possibilities likely to happen when replacing a kitchen basin tap in London and our local plumbers can advise on the following:
• The two supply pipes end with a compression fitting;
• There are only a couple of shut-off valves in the pipes underneath the sink.
In both likelihoods, loosen and disengage the joints with the aid of an adjustable wrench.
3. Take out the tap
At the end of the kitchen tap, there is a tube with an exterior screw thread. This overhangs, though, the hole in the kitchen sink or worktop, being secured below by a nut, a washer and a retaining plate. By utilizing the adjustable wrench, loosen the nut, then generally take it out by hand. Afterwards, a plumber in London can lift the current tap out from the upper side.
4. Replace the kitchen basin tap in London
The new tap has a tube with an external screw thread at the end, similarly to the current one. Press the tube through the hole of the kitchen sink or worktop, press the retaining plate and washer on top of the tube, fit the nut and screw it with the adjustable wrench or water pump pliers. Verify that the tap is directed in the right angle. A plumber in London can complete this procedure for you.
5. Pipes for the water supply
There are a couple of pipes inside the big mounting tube at the end of the tap, for the cold and hot water supply. They are fabricated from a flexible, soft material and have a 10 mm diameter. You should be able to bend them by hand into the correct position and, if needed, shorten them to the necessary length with a pipe cutter.
Adjust these supply pipes at the end of the pipes which come out from the wall with compression fittings. Generally, the hot water is places at the left. There are a wide variety of compression fittings available for every case and a plumber can present the best option suitable for your water supply system.
6. Flexible tubes for supply
Generally, flexible supply tubes are delivered with the new tap, however they can be delivered also separately, in various lengths; you can rely on our plumber in London for information on the types of tubes you can use.
7. Turn on the main valve and verify for leakages
After the tap has been fitted and tightened at the joints, the main valve is opened. Of course, it is recommended to call a plumber in London who can take care of the entire process of replacing a kitchen basin tap in London. He will also verify that there are no further leakages before leaving.
If you need to replace a kitchen basin tap in London, please do not hesitate to contact our team of London plumbing professionals.